OUTPOST EDITING, BACKWOODS PUBLISHING / Shannon Ravenel I'VE BEEN STARING at these four words now for too long, doing so with rising panic. My initial plan, put into play over a month ago, had been to tell you about my own experiences--I've had a long string of jobs in all sorts of publishing, both outpost and establishment. They would, I thought, provide witty, personal illustration of general trends in American publishing since the late 1950s. I set down my experiences--with some pleasure and at some length, for I found myself enjoying reminiscences of my own quite fascinating life history. I typed merrily and interrupted myself often with fond chuckles. listen to this and asked him to time it. He checked his watch, closed Utterly satisfied with what I had done, I sat my husband down to his eyes, put his head back on the sofa cushion (he said this was the best way for him to concentrate), and gave me the go-ahead signal. A long time later, but before Td finished, he stopped me. "Shannon," he said, "you krrow, you're not the Jackie Onassis of the Midwest. Tm not sure everyone wants to know how short your mini
The Missouri Review – University of Missouri
Published: Oct 5, 1987
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